The mother of the Manchester attack’s youngest victim, Saffie Roussos, has been informed of her daughter’s death after regaining consciousness in hospital.
Lisa Roussos, 48, was critically injured by shrapnel in the bombing that killed eight-year-old Saffie and injured her older sister, Ashlee Bromwich, and had been on life support.
A family friend, Mike Swanny, said Ms Roussos was “awake and out of surgery” in hospital, according to The Independent.
“[She] is fully aware of the situation and is now out of any danger,” Mr Swanny said in a Facebook post.
“I am very proud of the strength that Lisa and Andrew have as a couple – their bravery through this is commendable.
“They are all now together. Ashley the eldest daughter is also out of danger and is talking to her mother.”
Mr Swanny, who runs a computer repairs business next to the family’s fish and chip ship in Leyland, said the family is now attempting to “rebuild their lives”.
The headteacher of Saffie's school described her as “a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word” and said she was "loved by everyone.”
Saffie was one of seven children killed in the bombing, which struck a foyer linking Manchester Arena with Victoria station as fans left an Arianda Grande concert on May 22.
IS has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed 22 people in total and injured dozens more, many of whom remain in hospital.
Police are tracking the last movements of bomber Salman Abedi and have not ruled out the possibility of a wider terror network behind the 22-year-old's actions.
Greater Manchester Police said 10 suspects remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences after another man was released without charge on Wednesday.